June 12, 2013

Review: DIR EN GREY Live in Cologne Last Night

Went to see DIR EN GREY live for the fourth time last night, and they were great. I'm still way too tired to type much, but a few things I want to mention are:

  • Kyo's performance, which was almost perfect and without any hint of his recent surgery. Even though the rest of the band had their share of occasional slip-ups, I find it almost impossible to name a single flaw in whatever Kyo did last night.
  • The sound guys screwed up for the first two or three songs, which led to the funny sensation of an almost unrecognizable "DIFFERENT SENSE" and a few evil stares from Kyo, but it everything went smooth after "OBSCURE" set in.
  • Great audience! A rare evening with no one shouting or disturbing the silent moments and a capella parts.
  • Best performances of the night: Probably "KASUMI", "THE FINAL", and "RASETSUKOKU". Those three were really spot-on.
  • Awesome wall of death during "REIKETSU NARISEBA", one of their greatest live songs.
  • Never seen the band staying on stage for so long after the gig was over, with Kyo even smiling (!) at the audience. I seriously have never seen that before!

Here's the setlist and a few pics afterwards (hey, nice work, my dear Nexus 4!) for those who missed it:

DIR EN GREY
TOUR2013 TABULA RASA
Live at Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany (11.06.2013)

  • KYOUKOTSU NO NARI (Intro)
  • THE BLOSSOMING BEELZEBUB
  • DIFFERENT SENSE
  • LOTUS
  • OBSCURE
  • RINKAKU
  • CONCEIVED SORROW
  • – INWARD SCREAM –
  • DIABOLOS
  • TSUMI TO BATSU
  • KASUMI
  • KARMA
  • Unraveling
  • REIKETSU NARISEBA
  • SAKU
  • – Encore –
  • THE FINAL
  • RASETSUKOKU
  • HAGESHISA TO, KONO MUNE NO NAKA DE...


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